This holiday season will be a time of joy for all, the NBA will officially start and all of the lucky Android fans will be playing with their shiny new toys as they enjoy the holiday cheer. There are a ton of new Android devices to choose from most notably a key quad core tablet we have been hearing so much about, and a new LTE Ice Cream Sandwich smartphone that would bring a smile to anyone’s face are just a few of items on the list of devices that you just can’t go wrong with. It’s time to start weighing the options, making the lists and checking them twice on just the right choice weather you are treating yourself or sharing the Android love this month. So let’s get to the Android Headlines top ten Android devices this holiday season.
Asus Transformer Prime
Samsung Galaxy Nexus
The Samsung Galaxy Nexus is the next in the Google line of devices and it takes its rightful spot as the leader of the Android Armada ushering a new era with the introduction of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. To put it simply this phone has everything from the 4.65″ Super AMOLED true HD 1280-720p display, to NFC with beam, and the new Camera complete with zero shutter lag and face unlock its truly the king of the smartphone world. In the U.S. it has 32GB of storage if your trying to conserve data on the featured Verizon LTE network.
Motorola Droid RAZR
The Droid RAZR is the newest device from Motorola and it combines the Droid and RAZR brands to deliver the thinnest smartphone on the market not to mention the thinnest LTE device. It features a 4.3″ Super AMOLED qHD display ,a 1.2Ghz dual core TI OMAP 4430, and 1GB of RAM. It is the most powerful Motorola device and there is no denying it is an attractive design with a Kevlar backing and Gorilla glass display. It will be receiving the ICS update in the coming months so you can use the HD front facing camera to face unlock and take panoramic photos on the 8 megapixel rear shooter. Its a very powerful device with the usual high quality Motorola build quality and their new and improved software suite. The one caveat is that there is no removable battery cover so you can’t get a larger battery if that’s your thing, but it does have the best standard battery life of all the LTE devices thus far and will be a great upgrade for anyone in the market for a new Verizon smartphone.
The HTC Rezound was the first device to feature the Nexus matching 1280×720 resolution and to deliver a true 720p HD display it is a little smaller at 4.3″ and uses an LCD display instead of Super AMOLED like the Nexus. The smaller screen size however means you get even more ppi and the display is leaps and bounds above the qHD displays that HTC and Motorola have been using in earlier devices. Powering the beautiful display is a dual core Qualcom SoC running a 1.5Ghz and its one of the fastest processors currently available, its accompanied with 1GB of RAM, and 16GB of storage space. While thicker then the RAZR the Verizon LTE enabled Rezound is comfortable in the hand and matches the feel of the HTC Sensation. A notable feature is that this is the first U.S. device to feature HTC’s Beats Audio integration and included Beats ear buds. While the enhanced audio functionality can only currently be used with HTC’s media player it does provide excellent sound when enabled and the ear buds are essentially the same as the iBeats line and have great mids and lows. This is the perfect phone for those who frequently use their phone as a media player on the go and will receive an update to ICS once HTC finishes their Sense 4.0 ICS version.
Amazon Kindle Fire
The Kindle Fire is the latest device in the Kindle line and the eReader turned tablet has been selling like no other Android tablet has making it the second best selling tablet behind the iPad. With a price of only $199 its easy to see why the dual core 7″ tablet is so popular. It doesn’t deliver the complete Google experience though it is based on Android 2.3 instead opting for a custom UI tailored to deliver everything Amazon has to offer in the palm of your hands. If you or someone you know is a big ebook reader or an Amazon Prime member this is the perfect choice, with a new Silk browser and Amazon’s every growing Android market it delivers most of the goods for well below the entry price of other tablets on the market
Samsung Galaxy Tab’s
Samsung offers the most complete tablet line of any manufacturer with 7″, 8.9″, and 10.1″ variants there is definitely one that will suit your needs. This generation of Galaxy Tabs are known for the iPad beating slime design and light weight and easily the most portable of the tablets on the market. They have a tablet variant of the TouchWiz UI that offers improved functionality over the stock Honeycomb experience, and they should see an upgrade to ICS in the coming months. They feature the dual core Tegra 2 processor and high quality IPS lCD display. The performance is near the top of the pack in both speed and battery life and they can be had in either 16GB or 32GB configurations all with the complement of front and rear cameras. The only thing you have to decide is which size is right for you, the Galaxy Tabs are certain to find their way into a lot of happy customers hands this holiday season.
Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet
The Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet is the next generation of the Nook Color and another of the eReader turned tablet entries the comes in with a low price and offers a majority of the features of the higher price full fledged tablet options. Like the Kindle Fire it has a 1Ghz dual core processor has a 7″ display and runs on a fully customized build of Android 2.3. The choice between the two depends on which services you are already tied into as you can see the Nook goes with other providers such as Netflix and Pandora for its media offering with Barnes & Noble sticking to their core book and magazine services. It features 16GB of storage compared to the 8GB of the fire but comes in a little higher at $249. Performance between the two should only differ slightly so its whichever services you enjoy more in the tablet you should choose.
Beats By Dre Headphones
Without a doubt you have seen a number of people wearing the Beats by Dre headphones and heard all the hype surrounding the line. As a owner of the Tour the high end ear bud model pictured I can say that they are a top notch product with a great deal of power for the form factor. The over ear models are of the same high quality and sound production. Any of the Beats line would be a great gift for music lovers of all types. With so many different color schemes and brands making custom designed options there is definitely a style for everyone.
Google TV 2.0
Google TV has finally been updated to version 2.0 and with it comes Honeycomb, a brand new, and the Android market. The new update brings about major improvements and joins the web, apps, and live TV into one convenient device. It either comes pre-installed on a number of TVs or you can get a stand alone option like the Logitech Revue or Sony Blue Ray player with built in Google TV. This is one of the items that is on my wish list and will make it easy to enjoy all of the things I love about TV, Android, and the web on the big screen. You can even use your phone or tablet as a remote control for navigation and gaming. If you haven’t seen it you take a look the Logitech Revue can be had for under $100.
Samsung Galaxy S II
The Samsung Galaxy S II months after its release is still the souped up hot rod of mobile devices with performance that blows everything else out of the water. It features a brilliant 4.5″ Super Amoled Plus Display with 1GB of memory and an 8 megapixel rear camera that is one of the best that can be had on a mobile device. However the star of the show is Samsung’s own Exynos processor that is dual core at clocked at 1.2GHz. Samsung has worked some magic with this one and integrated it with the software to deliver unprecedented performance in both benchmarks and real world situations. If you combine the brilliant albeit lower resolution display, with the great camera, and performance what you have is a force to be reckoned with. It should see an update to ICS in the coming months and will be a gift sure to please anyone lucky enough to get their hands on one.